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Sunderland winger Johnson explains missing Fulham Cup replay

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson will miss tonight's FA Cup replay against Fulham.

The 27-year-old midfielder has had a minor operation on a thumb problem.

Johnson told the Sunderland Echo: "Unfortunately I won't be there. I'm getting an operation on my thumb. I'll be missing this one.

"I just have to get it done. It's not a serious thing, but I need the wound to heal. It's the risk of infection that's keeping me out. It's the best time to do it with the games coming up, though.

"I love playing at Craven Cottage so I'm disappointed to miss it, but I have to have it done, so hopefully the lads can get through without me."

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